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'The Artist' star speaks of silent-film challenge
French star Dujardin of 'The Artist' says: The impossible comes true for silent, B&W film
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) ' The French star of "The Artist" says its cast and crew knew their challenge by doing a silent, black-and-white film that broke many rules of movies today ' a bet that paid off with 10 Oscar nominations.

After the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday ' including one for him as best actor ' Jean Dujardin expressed stupefaction, humility and the difficulties in keeping a cool head amid his new stardom.

The 39-year-old actor who is still working on his English told news agencies in an interview at a Paris hotel said the silent film was about his only way into Hollywood ' and he would do another if he could.

"The Artist" reaped the second-most Oscar nominations after 11 for Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo."

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